January 25, 2021

[NEW!] Extending Your Studies at L&C 

Your senior experience has been nothing like you could have imagined. In response, we have worked with offices across campus to offer you the opportunity to extend your studies.

Your senior experience has been nothing like you could have imagined. Because of COVID-19, many of you have missed out on eagerly anticipated opportunities. While you may have all the credits you need to graduate this year, some of you have told us that you wish to do more before you leave Lewis & Clark.

In response, we have worked with offices across campus to offer you the opportunity to extend your studies. If this is of interest, you will need to coordinate carefully with academic advising, financial aid, and the registrar. Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss a plan for this semester and your additional time at the college.
  2. Complete this form for the financial aid office, and contact them to discuss how your decision to stay affects your financial aid eligibility. This is especially important if you receive federal financial aid. If you receive Veterans Benefits, please consult with your veterans certifying official before finalizing your plans.
  3. Email the registrar’s office to inform them of your new intended graduation date. They will let you know if your plans affect your participation in commencement.

Key Dates

  • Should you need to modify your schedule for this semester, the last day to withdraw from a class without receiving a W on your transcript is this Friday, January 29.
  • To hear back from financial aid before noon on Friday, January 29, you must submit your request form to financial aid along with the supporting documents no later than noon on Thursday, January 28.
  • If you don’t mind a W on your transcript, you have until the end of week 10 to withdraw from any classes. I suggest you reach out to academic advising and financial aid at your earliest convenience.
  • Plan to attend the info session from 4:00 - 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 27, to learn more and ask any questions you have.

This is an exciting, chaotic, and celebratory time in a “normal” year. It’s all of that and more in this COVID year. All of us are here to help you make the plan that is best for you.

Here are a couple of important things to know:

  • If you drop below full time during the add/drop period for the current semester, your current financial aid is subject to recalculation and proration.
  • Lewis & Clark-funded aid can be prorated if you are a part-time student. For example, if your current grant or scholarship covers 20% of the full-time tuition, the prorated funding would cover 20% of the part-time tuition charge.
  • To be considered for need-based or any federal aid in the 2021-2022 academic year, you will need to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA.
  • In any additional semester, federal aid can only be awarded for additional credits required in order to complete your degree.
  • Here are the basic credit requirements for federal aid programs:
    • 6 credits per semester minimum enrollment for federal student and parent loan programs
    • Less than 6 credits - potential for limited Federal Pell Grant for very high need students, potential for Federal Work-Study eligibility based on demonstrated need.

Here’s some more detailed information about how financial aid works at different enrollment levels:

Credit Enrollment for Federal Student Aid Eligibility

During additional semesters of aid, only credits required to complete your degree program can be counted to determine federal aid eligibility. Students must file the 21-22 FAFSA and meet the financial need and other eligibility requirements associated with individual federal aid programs.

Credits you’re enrolled in which are REQUIRED to complete your degree program

Federal Aid Program Eligibility

12+ credits

Regular full-time eligibility

10 – 11 credits

If receiving Federal Pell Grant, award reduced to amount for ¾ time enrollment

9 credits

If receiving Federal Pell Grant, award reduced to amount for ¾ time enrollment

6-8 credits

If receiving Federal Pell Grant, award reduced to amount for half-time enrollment

1-5 credits

If receiving Federal Pell Grant, award reduced to amount for less-than-half-time enrollment

No eligibility for Federal student or parent loan programs

Federal Work-Study and Federal SEOG Grant are available at any enrollment level as long as the student demonstrates sufficient financial need

Credit Enrollment for Lewis & Clark Merit and Need-Based Aid Eligibility

Your total credits of enrollment (not just those required to finish your degree program) and your tuition charge are considered when determining your eligibility for Lewis & Clark merit and need-based aid.

Credits you’re enrolled in

Tuition Charge

LC Aid Program Eligibility

12+ credits

Full-Time Tuition Charge

Regular full-time aid eligibility

10 – 11 credits

Full-Time Tuition Charge

Regular full-time aid eligibility

9 credits

Per-credit tuition charge (must file underload paperwork with Registrar’s Office)

LC Aid prorated based on tuition charge

6-8 credits

Per-credit tuition charge (must file underload paperwork with Registrar’s Office)

LC aid prorated based on tuition charge

1-5 credits

Per-credit tuition charge (must file underload paperwork with Registrar’s Office)

LC aid prorated based on tuition charge